Traditional Slovenian carnival costume Kurent listed as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
The door-to-door rounds of Kurenti, a traditional Slovenian carnival costume, have become part of the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
The nomination, put forward by Slovenia in 2016, has been backed with praise by an UNESCO expert body, which has proposed to the organisation’s intergovernmental committee that the Kurent become part of the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.
Kurentovanje is a 10-day rite of spring and fertility
The Kurent is a traditional carnival costume originating from the area around Ptuj in north-eastern Slovenia.
The costume traditionally includes a full-body sheepskin attire with huge cowbells around the waist, a spike in the hand and a sheepskin face mask with large horns.
It is the most distinctive among some 150 traditional costumes preserved in Slovenia, with a special carnival centred around Kurents held in the town of Ptuj in February since the 1960s.
Source: Slovenian Press Agency